When you’re looking for ways to improve your health, the idea of reducing your toxic load isn’t always top of mind. In fact, many of my students and clients bypass this step altogether and miss out on the incredibly positive impact it can have on their journey to better health and fitness.
In the video interview, Laura says that if we live on planet earth (check) and we live in modern culture (check) than we ALL have a toxic load. Period.
And the first step to improving it means that we realize and accept that we’re getting this from our water, our food sources, the air we breathe, the chemicals we put on our body, and more.
Here are her top 3 incredibly simple ways we can drastically improve our toxic load and create a better foundation for health.
Sweat and Urine are the 2 ways we’re getting toxins OUT of the body so having a clean water source is her #1 tip for getting started.
This may seem incredibly simple, but so many of us don’t hydrate enough (which can affect so many areas of health) and when we do, we aren’t properly filtering that water. I’m not going to go in depth on water filtration (that’s a topic for another post) but I will say that properly filtering your water means more than just buying a Brita filter. As a start, check out your local health food store and ask about their filtered water options.
When we make changes in our hydration levels and drink properly filtered water, we greatly reduce our toxic load, reduce inflammation and detoxify the body with a clean water source.
One of the best (and simplest) ways you can reduce your toxic load via nutrition is by investing in a set of glass food containers and having them prepped and ready when you head out the door.
To clean up your diet, find a few recipes to start incorporating so that you don’t have to go out and eat a last minute, inflammatory meal that’s not serving you. As a medical professional, Laura says she only eats lunch out MAYBE twice a year because this has become such a priority for her (she definitely still loves to go out for dinner though!). When you go out to eat, you have no control of the food quality or the cookware they’re using and this alone can have a huge affect on the the amount of toxins you’re ingesting.
Once you’ve cleaned up the ways you’re storing, cooking, and exposing yourself to toxins, work slowly to INCREASE the amount and variety of organic vegetables you’re ingesting. Vegetables have incredible amounts of detoxifying chemicals and upping your intake can HUGELY improve your toxic load.
As women, we’re putting something like 300+ chemicals on our body every single day.
Laura says that consumers can be really savvy now that companies have caught on and are advertising more and more about what they DON’T include in their products. Making small changes in things like toothpaste, deodorant, and cleaning products will have a huge impact on the amount of harmful chemicals we expose ourselves to.
Toxic load is NOT something to take lightly and Laura and I talk more extensively about this AND how it impacts other facets of your wellness journey in the interview. Toxic load makes us sick and, when we have an overload of toxins in our body, we store it in fat cells.
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